Just as a new baby has certain tests to make sure they are healthy before they leave the hospital, so should your new kitten. You want to be a responsible “Pet Parent” and you will want to know your new kitten is healthy and ready for a “fur-ever” home.
Kittens ?r? small ?nd fragile. L?k? toddlers, th?? h?v? n? concept ?f danger. Al?? l?k? toddlers, th?? ?r? fearless. T?k?ng th? time t? Limit th? potential hazards ?n ??ur home w?ll create ? safer environment f?r ??ur kitten.
Getting Ready For Your New Cat
Planning ahead before you pick up your new kitten will help avoid any last minute panics, but don’t go overboard. Basic requirements are few, but important.
- Cat carrier: Don’t forget the kitten will grow, so get a good sized one.
- Litter tray: Large enough to limit the mess, but low enough for your kitten to be able to climb in easily.
- Cat litter and scoop: You will want to keep the litter tray clean and dispose of the waste products efficiently.
- Food and water bowls: Easy to clean and for the kitten to use.
- Grooming implements: Long haired cats need regular grooming. Start as soon as possible.
- Bedding: Many cats like to sleep in a secure, enclosed environment, like a cardboard box with a hole cut in it.
- Toys: Just as with children, kittens love to play with you.
- Collar: Important for identification once your kitten starts to go out to play.
- Scratching post: Important if the cat is going to be an indoor cat.
How You Can Know If Your Kitten is Healthy
T? avoid ?n? heartache ?r hefty vet bills later, ??u n??d t? b? ?ur? ??u ?r? bringing home ? healthy cat. Th?r? ?r? ??m? key th?ng? ??u ?h?uld l??k ?t b?f?r? bringing ??ur cat home:
- Coat: Y?ur cat ?r kitten ?h?uld h?v? ? smooth ?r unmated coat. Th?r? ?h?uld b? n? fleas, ticks, ?r ?th?r pests ?n th? coat.
- Ears: Y?ur cat ?h?uld h?v? clean ?nd dry ears w?th n? waxy buildup, redness, ?r black powdery substance.
- Eyes: Y?ur cats eyes ?h?uld b? clean ?nd bright. Th?r? ?h?uld b? n? discharge. Th? th?rd eyelid, kn?wn ?? th? haws, ?h?uld n?t protrude.
- Nose: Y?ur cats nose ?h?uld b? mildly moist, but th?r? ?h?uld b? n? discharge.
- Mouth: Th? teeth ?h?uld b? clean ?nd white, ?nd th?r? ?h?uld b? n? bad breath. Y?ur cats gums ?h?uld b? pink, ?nd th?r? ?h?uld n?t b? ?n? inflammation.
- Anal area: Th? cats anal area ?h?uld l??k clean. Th?r? ?h?uld b? n? signs ?f diarrhea, n?r ?h?uld th?r? b? ?n? inflammation.
- Abdomen: Feel und?rn??th ??ur cat. Th? abdomen ?h?uld feel rounded ?nd firm, ?nd th?r? ?h?uld b? n? lumps (which ??uld b? ? sign ?f ? hernia).
- Breathing: Listen t? ??ur cat breathing. Breaths ?h?uld b? ?v?n ?nd th?r? ?h?uld b? n? wheezing.
- Movement: Watch th? cat f?r ?n? signs ?f lameness.
- Size: If ??u ?r? g?tt?ng ? kitten, th? smallest ?f th? kittens u?u?ll? w?ll exhibit m?r? health problems
Enjoy Your New Best Friend
Fur-families are great fun and teach children about responsibility, empathy and kindness. You will have hours of enjoyment with your new kitten and he/she become an important part of your daily life. You will be guided to build a strong AnimalHumanConnection as you interact and love each other.
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Judy Helm Wright–Author/Blogger/Intuitive Wise Woman
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